Workers tend to be less polite when dealing with women in leadership positions as opposed to their male counterparts, research shows. "Many other studies ... and my study ... can indicate that someone's bias in communicating with a female supervisor is beyond their conscious awareness," said Xiaowei Shi, a Middle Tennessee State University professor who performed the research. Those who took part in the study were asked how they would respond to a hypothetical workplace scenario. Some of them were told their manager's name was Bob; the rest were told their boss' name was Barb.
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